“Giving every child the opportunity to explore, discover and grow.”

Puffins at Clystheath empowers the children to learn and develop using their imagination. We encourage the children to lead their learning, incorporating their interests and experiences into our everyday activities.

We provide a safe and welcoming environment, in a converted chapel on the outskirts of Exeter, which opened in 1995. Easy access from Pynes Hill, Middlemoor and Ikea, the nursery is located amongst the quiet Clystheath Estate. As well as the secure and exciting garden area children are taken on trips to local parks and green areas as well as local shops and businesses in the local community.

As an OFSTED Good Setting, the team are dedicated to providing a high level of care and education for children, offering an environment where the children have confidence to use their own voice and explore. We strive to meet the needs of all the children and families, working in partnership with parents and carers and other agencies where necessary.

Our nursery is a large, open plan setting, with separate Baby and Bumblebees rooms and a well-resourced preschool room. Children enjoy a varied menu of healthy and nutritious meals and we provide a fruit snack in the morning, 2 course lunch and a snack tea in the afternoon.

Chantelle Connor, the Manager of Puffins at Clystheath, has worked for Puffins since July 2016. Chantelle has a level 3 diploma in childcare. She is supported by her deputy Nia, who has a level 3 diploma in childcare. Chantelle and her team would love to show you the amazing activities and experiences provided at Puffins an Clystheath, if you would like to book a visit, please CONTACT US.


I can't recommend Puffins Clyst Heath enough. The staff are always friendly and welcoming and inspire confidence that your children are in good care. We chose Puffins before they received their Ofsted outstanding rating as the setting had a great atmosphere and felt like a great environment for our little ones. We were really chuffed for them when they achieved the well-deserved accolade.
Father at Clystheath – October 2019
Both of our children have spent their early years at Puffins Clystheath and we highly recommend it. The team genuinely care about the children, help them to develop and grow, and ensure that they enjoy themselves. Our youngest still attends and when we pick him up, we know that he has had a great day and enjoyed playing with his friends. We know that he is in safe hands.
Father at Clystheath – November 2021
My children have attended Puffins from the baby group right up until preschool, the staff have been completely amazing at supporting both myself and my children. The bond each member of staff forms with each individual child is amazing, it massively helps with supporting and catering to their needs and has helped ease my nerves regards to leaving my children in safe hands. I couldn't recommend Puffins Clystheath enough, a big thank you!
A Mother at Clystheath – November 2022
I would 100% recommend, as the manager and staff are just brilliant and really made my little girl comfortable, and relaxed and she's always coming out excited to tell me about her day what she's done and where she's been etc.
A Mother at Clystheath – January 2023

Contact details

The Old Chapel
Clyst Heath
Exeter, EX2 7EY

Registered to provide care for 60 children aged 3 months to 5 years.
Open 7.30am to 6.00pm

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